Greg Wanless

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Greg Wanless is a Canadian actor and director. He has performed in many places across the country including St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. Greg is the founding artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse, where he has directed and appeared in over forty productions.


Greg attended the National Theatre School, graduating in 1972[1].

Greg joined the Stratford Festival Company in 1976 performed in over 20 plays over five seasons until 1980. As well as being an actor in the company, he was appointed assistant director to Robin Phillips for several productions in 1980[2].

In 1981 he returned to Eastern Ontario and founded the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 1982, where he oversaw the steady growth of the company both in audience attendance and artistic excellence[1].

In 2004 the Playhouse acquired the Gananoque Armouries building and Greg lead the conversion project to renovate this historical structure into the Firehall Theatre, a flexible black box performance space[1].

Greg is currently a professor in the Drama Department at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and has been teaching there since 1982.

Greg stepped down as artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2012[3].


  • Concord Floral, Director, Queen's University and Theatre Kingston (2017)
  • A Servant of Two Masters, Director, Queen's University Drama Department (2016)
  • Blood Relations, Director, Queen's University (2013)
  • Midsummer Night's Dream, Director, Queen's University (2010)
  • The Good Woman of Setzuan, Director, Queen's University (2006)
  • Volpone, Director, Queen's University (2004)
  • The Beggars’ Opera, Director, Queen's University (1995)


  1. 2003 ‘Her Majesty the Queen’s Jubilee Medal’[2].

Personal Life

He is married to freelance director Kathryn MacKay and has two sons, Jeremy Wanless and Marcus MacKay[2].

Name:Greg Wanless
Location:Kingston, Ontario


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